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Poll: Majority oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation to Supreme Court

Poll: Majority oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation to Supreme Court
© Greg Nash

A majority of Americans oppose Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to Supreme Court, according to a new CNN poll conducted in the days before he was confirmed on Saturday.

Overall, 51 percent of those polled said they oppose Kavanaugh, while 41 percent said they support him, both upticks from what Americans told CNN pollsters in early September. 

The percentage of people opposing him shot up by 12 percentage points after three women accused him of sexual misconduct, with 39 percent opposing him before the women came out.

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The poll found that Democratic opposition increased by 28 points and Republican support increased by 15 points by the final days of the bruising confirmation battle.   

A majority of Americans also told CNN pollsters that they believe Kavanaugh's accusers over him, with 52 percent saying they believed the women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct more than they believed his denials. Thirty-eight percent said they believed Kavanaugh over the women. 

Fifty-six percent of those polled said they believe Kavanaugh's conduct on the high court will be influenced by his conservative political beliefs.

Majorities disapprove of the way both parties handled the contentious nomination process. Fifty-five percent said they do not support the Senate GOP's conduct during the process, while 56 percent were critical of Democrats' behavior.

The CNN poll also found Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell vents over 'fake news' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Trump looking 'beyond seriously' at 2024 run MORE (R-Ky.) receiving his highest favorability rating since 2010 at 30 percent favorable compared to 45 percent unfavorable. McConnell played an active role in Kavanaugh's confirmation fight, standing behind the high court pick. 

Polls since the beginning of Kavanaugh's Supreme Court battle have consistently shown a wide partisan gap, with Republicans backing the candidate regardless of controversy and Democrats growing increasingly negative over him.

A Quinnipiac University National Poll on Oct. 1 found more Americans believing Christine Blasey Ford over Kavanaugh over her allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982. 

He has forcefully denied Ford's allegation as well as those from two other women. 

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday by the smallest Senate margin in almost 140 years. 

The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS between Oct. 4-7 among a sample of 1,009 adults, with a margin of error of 3.8 points.